FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Second-half substitute Blas Perez scored in the 88th minute to lift FC Dallas a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.
Perez entered in the 70th minute for David Texeira and scored his third goal of the season when the ball fell to his feet 3 yards from the goal line following a long ball in from Michel and deflections from Matt Hedges and Stephen Keel.
“I’m very happy to go back to the pitch after the injury,” said Perez, who sat out Dallas‘ 3-2 loss April 12 to Seattle because of a nagging hamstring injury. “I’m happy that the team won and I’m even happier I was able to score the winning goal. But I’m here to help the team and glad I was able to score the goal tonight.”
“Unfortunately the repetition and law of averages says that if you keep allowing them opportunities to get the ball in, chances are they’re going to get a goal,” Toronto defender Steven Caldwell said.
Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen believed his side should have had an opportunity to take the lead in the 75th minute when Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta appeared to shove Toronto striker Gilberto from behind inside the penalty box. There was no whistle, however, and the attack fizzled.
“Oh, it’s just a blatant penalty,” Nelsen said. “I mean he’s got the inside line on him. The guy’s out of position, he just pushed him in the back.”
Toronto opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Issey Nakajima-Farran one-timed a second-chance effort past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, with the ball glancing slightly off Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson on the way.
The Brazilian goalkeeper, vying for inclusion in his third World Cup this summer, kept his team in it as he withstood a swarm of crosses and corner kicks from MLS’ top-scoring team.